Stephanie, the first clue I had as to a previous location for the Stricklins of Robertson, TN, was in the little family history I mentioned.The statement is made there that "John Strickland emigrated from NC in December 1803 with his twelve children, nine daughters and three sons."Remember this information was provided by a man who had been born c1811/1812 (1880 census) and would have been of an age to know these people personally (and was called "uncle" by the woman who compiled the record).I then checked each John Strickland in NC, 1790 and 1800, for a family that seemed to match this description.John Strickland of Wake had seven daughters by 1800 and was the only NC John who could reasonably have had nine daughters by 1803.I knew from John's will, 1814 Robertson, that his wife was Susannah.Later I found the 1787 Wake NC marriage record for John Strickland and Susannah McGuffie.Bondsmen were John Strickland, Sr, and Valentine Braswell.The following year,1788, William Strickland married Rhody Speight in Wake and John Strickland was bondsman. (Remember there was a later Rhody Strickland in Gallatin/Saline, IL, of an age, I'm told, that she could only be daughter of William, Sr, as there was no one else of his generation there.)There are several other records linking John, John Sr, William and Isham Strickland in Wake.On the 1790 census the first three were living in close proximity, as were a number of other grandchildren of William and Abigail Speight,and family names closely connected to the Speights.(Rhody, wife of William Strickland, was their grandchild and Susannah McGuffie, wife of John Strickland, had been named in Abigail Speight's 1781 will, though no relationship was given or is known).Other 1790 Stricklands in Wake were removed by several hundred names, so these few Stricklands seem to have been a family unit... By 1816 Isham Strickland also was in Robertson, TN, purchasing land; and next door to Susannah in 1820. William Stricklin and John Stricklin appear on the 1812 Robertson, TN, tax list for Capt. ????'s (difficult to read the name - maybe Mason) company; also my ancestor Benjamin Trussell who had married Nancy, daughter of John Stricklin.
It appears that quite a number of Speight family members and connections were in Robertson during the same period. Read message # 682 on the Speight board at genforum.genealogy.com for more on this.# 686 is also interesting and includes the address for a site where the Speight wills are posted, including that of Rhody's father. There are several records in Robertson of William Stricklin selling land and identifying himself as "of Gallatin", so there's no doubt on that score. I don't believe Susannah Stricklin and family were ever in Rutherford,TN, though I've seen them listed there on ancestry.com. I have a xerox copy of the published census entitled "1830 Census of Middle Tennessee", pages 104-107 of the book which include pages 406-430 of the actual census.At the top of each page is printed "Robertson"I'm guessing that the transcriber simply made a mistake.Usually at the end of each county is a summary of the inhabitants in each catagory.That should be followed by the name of the next county, alphabetically, which would be Rutherford. I suspect someone construed that name as pertaining to the summary rather than to the records following.... Either could be wrong of course, and I'll check the microfilm when I have an opportunity.Incidentally, in this published index Suannah and others are on page 419 - and you have 19.
Susannah's age is a major puzzle. She couldn't possibly have been 100 in 1850 - but she could have forgotten and someone guessed she was so ancient she must be a hundred years old!According to the 1830 census(again these are published records and I need to check the microfilm) she was born c1750-1760.If 1750, she was married at age 37 and had twelve children thereafter, so I tend to think 1760 would be closer to correct.Rarely, if ever, do we find record of a birth to a mother over 45 years old... so she would have had to have all twelve children in eight years or so if born 1750.I can't verify this, but a speaker at a NGS conference once said that people of that era didn't focus on birthdays and ages as we do today, and often were unsure..... I'll send you a copy of that family history if you'd like to see it - to you directly because it's on legal paper and I can't make an acceptable copy for the forum.You'll have to overlap sheets of paper.Well, enough for now.I'll be interested in your thoughts!Helen